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Her Topia

 

A Dance Architecture Event for The Isadora and Raymond Duncan Centre for Dance Research Kopanos, Athens, Greece, 7-8 October 2005

Inspired by the unique building at Kopanos designed by Isadora and Raymond Duncan as a utopic place for dancing, Her Topia was a specially commissioned work for the Centre. Isadora Duncan created the distinction of dance as an art form for the 20th century and asserted the freedom of a woman dancing. What does it mean to be a woman dancing in the 21st century?

Choreographer, Carol Brown and Designer, Dorita Hannah, explored concepts of freedom and fashion as seventeen women performers go liberty hunting. Weaving their audience through the inside and outside of this unique building the performers created a journey through ancient and contemporary images. Dancing their body stories into the stones of this historic place with precise abandonment, and projecting these dances out into the cityscape of Athens through multiple reflections, using light, video and mirrors, the performers created a heterotopia, a place of other spaces.


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For further information about this work, read Dorita Hannah’s photographic essay, Her Topia, A Dance-Architecture Event for The Isadora and Raymond Duncan Centre for Dance Research, Kopanos, Athens, Greece, 7-8 October 2005, in Hannah, Dorita and Harslof, Olav (eds) Performance Design (2008) Museum Tusculanum pp.197-210

 

Premiere:

07 October 2005

Premiere Venue:

Isadora and Raymond Duncan Centre for Dance, Athens.

Collaborators

Conceived by choreographer Carol Brown and designer Dorita Hannah 

Producer Penelope Iliasko 

Lighting designer Thomas Economacos 

Video artist Christos Hasapis 

Multi-media artist Makis Faros 

Research assistants Efrosini Protopapa and Hannah Davies. 

Dancers Frosso Voutsina, Anna Daskalou, Delphine Gaborit, Anneta Kouvelioti, Irida Kyriakopoulou, Atalanti Mouzouri, Gogo Petrali, Marilena Petridou, Evridiki Samara, Takako Segawa, Vanesa Spinasa, Ioanna Toumpakari, Giota Tsagri and Anastasia Tsonou.

Performers

Frosso Voutsina, Anna Daskalou, Delphine Gaborit, Anneta Kouvelioti, Irida Kyriakopoulou, Atalanti Mouzouri, Gogo Petrali, Marilena Petridou, Evridiki Samara, Takako Segawa, Vanesa Spinasa, Ioanna Toumpakari, Giota Tsagri and Anastasia Tsonou.

Commissioned By:

British Council
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